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The devastating news follows a history of throat problems for the singer. Just last fall, Mayer underwent throat surgery to remove a granuloma, a collection of immune cells, on his vocal chords. While Mayer was believed to be fully recovered, and was set to make his concert comeback with his first U.S. tour in two years this April, the singer has been forced to canceled the entire 21-show tour.
Mayer released an emotional statement on his official website, writing, "During rehearsal on Tuesday, it came to mind that I should see my throat doctor because something didn't feel/sound right."
The explanation continues, "I went in for a visit on Wednesday and a scope of my vocal cords revealed that the granuloma has grown back where it had mostly healed. Because of this, I have no choice but to take an indefinite break from live performing."
Mayer seemed quite upset as he continued. "Though there will be a day when all of this will be behind me, it will sideline me for a longer period of time than I care to have you count down ... Somewhere in all of this is another surgery and a very long chemically-induced period of silence, so I hope you'll understand that I have to really pick that date carefully. I'm pretty emotionally burnt out at the moment, but please know how hard I tried to resolve this and how disappointed I am that I can't perform ... I'm completely bummed, especially for all of you who started making plans to see a show ... The only thing that stops me from devolving into a puddle of tears is knowing that it's a long life, and the greatest gift in the world is being able to create music no matter what the circumstances."
Poor John! There is a bit of good news in all this -- the throat condition will not delay the release of the singer's fifth studio album 'Born & Raised,' which is still set for a May 22 debut as planned. Get well soon, John!